Chicago Sky’s WNBA Debut Hits Record Numbers Despite Glitch

Chicago Sky's WNBA Debut Hits Record Numbers Despite Glitch

The WNBA saw a massive turnout for Angel Reese and Kamilla Cardoso’s debut with the Chicago Sky, despite a rough start with streaming the game. When the Sky faced the Minnesota Lynx, fans were disappointed to find out that the WNBA’s streaming app didn’t air the game as promised. However, a quick-thinking fan at the game in Minneapolis started a live stream from their cell phone to meet the demand. The impromptu stream garnered over 545,000 views, with the post reaching an impressive 2.4 million views. The unexpected surge in viewership was a testament to the growing excitement around the WNBA.

Angel Reese, the seventh overall pick in the 2024 WNBA Draft, showcased her skills by scoring 13 points despite Chicago’s 92-81 loss. On the other hand, former South Carolina star Kamilla Cardoso, the third overall pick, contributed six points. The league issued an apology for the mishap, clarifying that only Caitlin Clark’s debut with the Indiana Fever was meant to be streamed. Many renowned figures, including Sue Bird, praised the live stream’s success and engagement.

At the New York Liberty’s media day, players like Sabrina Ionescu criticized the WNBA for the streaming confusion, emphasizing the need for transparency and improvements. Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve humorously suggested that viewers should pay the user who livestreamed the game $3 per view, highlighting the rapid growth and changes in the league. Despite the initial setback, Reeve acknowledged the league’s progress and emphasized the importance of seizing the momentum to drive positive change and unity.

Looking ahead, the Sky are gearing up to face the Liberty in an upcoming preseason game, building on the buzz generated by Reese and Cardoso’s impressive debut. As the WNBA continues to evolve and attract new fans, it’s clear that the excitement surrounding the league is reaching new heights, setting the stage for an exhilarating season ahead.

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